Page 1: Getting Started
Welcome to Hossedia.com’s critically acclaimed iPhone Photography Tutorial. In the following 12 pages you will find everything from the apps I use and tips to my recommended work-flow. It’s no secret that I love iPhoneography. You can read more about my reasoning here. In the past I have received quite a few questions about my iPhone photography so I decided to put this tutorial together. The goal of this tutorial is simple, to help you make cool images with your iPhone that you are excited to share with the world! It has taught thousands of people, and I hope you are one of them.
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Table of Contents
- Page 1: What You Need
- Page 2: Organizing Your Apps
- Page 3: Work-flow Overview
- Page 4: The Apps – Photoshop Express
- Page 5: The Apps – Tilt Shift Generator
- Page 6: The Apps- The Best Camera
- Page 7: The Apps – TIffin FX PRO
- Page 8: The Apps – 100 Cameras in 1
- Page 9: The Apps – Camera Plus
- Page 10: The Apps – Vintage Scene
- Page 11: The Apps – Snapseed
- Page 12: iPhoneoloio (aka Portfolio)
What You Need!
Before we get started, you will need to get yourself a couple of apps. Here is a list of apps I use, just click on the link and the iTunes store should fire up and let you buy them. The complete system only costs $8.96. It’s a heck of a lot cheaper than the Leica SP2. As you will see on the next page, I have quite a few more apps on my phone, however these are the ones I will use in this tutorial.
Note:Anywhere you see an iTunes icon you can click on it and it will load the app up in the iTunes store for you to purchase.
- Instagr.am – Get it and create and account! It is totally free. It is like twitter for your camera. Not only can you quickly share photos, you can follow your friends and favorite photographers. Heck, you can even follow me. Just search for JustinBalog and click the follow button.
- Camera! (Camera Awesome) Camera Awesome, is just that….awesome! It not only provides both powerful capture tools and endless editing possibilities, Camera Awesome can back up your memories to the SumgMug.com cloud! Now that is awesome! If your not a SumgMug user, you can use the coupon code HOSSEDIA to save yourself 20% at sign up!
- Snapseed – You could probably stop reading here and just get Snapseed. It is an iOS tool so you can use it on your iPad, Mac, and iPhone for one easy payment of $4.99. It was also developed by really smart engineers who were smart enough to make it super powerful, but totally easy to use. If your iPhone app budget is only $5.00, just get Snapseed. It is awesome!
- iPhoto – If you like iPhoto on your Mac, why not add it to your iPhone?
- Tiffen Photo FX – Not only do you get a great group of filters (GNDs, NDs, Polarizers, UV, etc…), you get masks, brushes, and layers. All that for $2.99. You can’t beat it!
- TheBestCamera.com – An app, developed in tandem with Chase Jarvis, that allows you to capture, edit, and share all your images single-handedly. Plus, the online community you get access to is a great way spend some time in a waiting room. I’m photographer #15879 and you can find me here.
- Photoshop Express – Yep, there is CS5, Elements, and now Express. The app is free and lets you control global adjustment like contrast, saturation, tint, etc. You can also share your images via your own personal online galleries.
- Tilt Shift Generator – I really can’t get enough of this app. Sometimes I use it to fake bokeh. Or, if you just want to make everything you see appear to be part of your model railroad you can do that too.
- 100 Cameras in 1 This is a great little app. It serves three important purposes. 1) It is a quick 1 stop shop to enhance your images (click, add filter, and your done!). 2) It has international textures. Yep, Trey Ratcliff assembled textures from around the world for this one. 3) I think it is the only app that offers game center capabilities. I haven’t quite figured it out yet, but once I unlock some hidden treasures I will let you know!
- Camera Plus Not only does this app offer a complete work-flow from stylizing to framing, it also boasts some very cool features to improve your capture. You know, things like stabilizers, burst mode, and the best of all…exposure and focus separation controls!
- Vintage Scene – Add a vintage and aged vibe to your moden day photos with Vintage Scene.
Apps not referenced in the tutorial, but cool nonetheless
- Pro HDR –You thought HDR photography was limited to a bunch of tripod totin’ photographers? Now it’s available to iPhone totin’ folks like you and me. Just take two images, and let Pro HDR do the rest. Heck, it even prompts you to tap somewhere bright for the first image, and somewhere dark for the second image.
- Hipstamatic – Keep it real with a configurable camera that let’s you choose film, lens, and flash types. You can get a fully outfitted kit for under $10.00!
- Pano- Don’t have a wide enough lens? Let Pano stitch together up to 16 images to capture your latest summer landscaping project. Not only does it stitch, if offers an overlap feature to help line up your images during capture.
- iTimeLapse Pro – Now you can shoot and assemble avant-grade ‘still-cinema’ time lapse videos using your iPhone. You don’t even need sequential scenes. You can assemble a movie that spans an entire year. It will even remind you to take a photo!
- PhotoCalc – A great pocket utility to calculate flash exposure and DoF. It aslo includes a location based Solar chart. Never miss a sunrise or sunset again!
- Long Exposure Calculator – Do you have a 10 stop neutral density filter? If so, you need this. Just plug in your exposure value prior to attaching the 10 stop ND, then scroll to your new time per stop. It is easy to use and frees up your brain creative brain by reducing the math load!
By itself, the iPhone is an amazing creative tool. However, there is an entire industry emerging around iPhone Photography, so don’t hesitate taking advantage of it. Keep your eyes open for new tools and technologies that will help you have fun and expand your creative horizons. Whether it is batteries to help you take more photos or lenses to change your perspective, don’t limit yourself.
- Mophie – It’s 1/2 battery and 1/2 case. The perfect way to extend your creative adventure.
- Glif – A convenient bracket to attach your iPhone to your tripod.
- Olloclip – 3 lenses in 1! Just slip them over the corner of your iPhone and you have a wide-angle, macro, and fisheye lens at your disposal.
- Gorilla Pod – An easily adjustable tripod that can mount to pretty much anything.
- Telephoto Lens – Get closer without losing any precious megapixels.